Using BOTOX® and dermal fillers is a logical extension of most dental practices. In addition to their knowledge of facial anatomy, dentists are also educated in the proper ratio of the face and how it changes when a person speaks and smiles. Furthermore, dentists are highly experienced in administering injections—usually much more so than plastic surgeons or dermatologists. In fact, many patients find that dentists can deliver the injections far more comfortably than other healthcare providers. Esthetic dentists must undergo special training that builds on what they already know about the anatomy of the face. Afterward, they can deliver excellent results for patients who not only desire a dazzling smile, but also a rejuvenated facial appearance.
In recent years, the development of a wide variety of injectable skin treatments has transformed facial esthetic treatment. Compared to plastic surgery, injections are quick, easy, much less invasive, and much less expensive while still delivering impressive benefits.
BOTOX® injections can temporarily block nerve signals to specific muscles, causing minor surface wrinkles and fine lines to disappear. Dr. Kelly finds it especially effective for correcting crow’s feet as well as lines on the forehead and in between the eyes. It takes approximately 3 to 10 days for the results to become apparent, and the wrinkle treatment lasts approximately three to four months. The same treatment can also relax the muscles that cause pain associated with TMD and bruxism and can be used as an effective TMJ therapy.
Dermal fillers soften deeper folds that BOTOX® cannot improve. Fillers often contain hyaluronic acid, a compound that occurs naturally in the human body and helps maintain elasticity in the skin. As we age, this protein begins to break down along with facial fat and collagen. The result is creases and folds in the skin and hollow areas in the cheeks and around the eyes. The lips also tend to thin out and turn down at the corners, significantly aging the face. Injected into the skin, dermal fillers can replace lost volume and dramatically soften wrinkles and folds. The substance also attracts moisture to add a supple appearance to the skin. Results are immediate, and the effect lasts from 6 to 12 months.